Laurelville Among Communities In Southeast Ohio Gets EPA Funding For Water Improvement | New
LAURELVILLE – Communities in Southeastern Ohio Receive Over $ 16.2 Million in Low Interest Financing and Principal Rebate from Ohio EPA to Improve Sanitation and Water Infrastructure drinking water and make other improvements to water quality. The loans were approved between July 1 and September 30, 2021. The drop in interest rates and the repayment of principal will save these communities more than $ 8.4 million.
Projects funded for the third quarter of 2021 include one in Laurelville, according to a statement from the EPA. Village receives $ 1.3 million to install an ammonia treatment reactor and blower, complete electrical work, remove sludge and lining from the lagoon, and install an ultraviolet disinfection system at the treatment station used waters.
Statewide, the EPA granted more than $ 156 million in loans during the third quarter of 2021, including $ 12.6 million in principal repayment. Together, communities in Ohio will save more than $ 34 million compared to market rate loans. The projects improve the quality of Ohio’s surface water and the reliability and quality of Ohio’s drinking water systems. This funding includes assistance to local health districts to help low-income homeowners repair or replace failing domestic wastewater treatment systems.
Other Southeast Ohio projects receiving funding include:
• Bellaire receives $ 4.9 million to install a duplex air stripping system for the Ranney collector well and make improvements to the water treatment plant and distribution system, including replacement partial meters and removal of lead service lines. The drinking water loan includes a principal discount of $ 2.5 million, which means that this amount does not have to be repaid.
• Middleport receives $ 2.6 million to replace water pipes and services and make improvements to three wells. The drinking water loan includes a principal discount of $ 1.8 million, which means that this amount does not have to be repaid.
• The Noble County Water Authority is receiving $ 2.4 million to build an interconnection with the Byesville water system and expand water services to approximately 100 rural customers who depend on private wells.
• Coalton is receiving $ 1.2 million to replace the septic tank effluent gravity collection system that will eliminate sewer overflows in the project area. The sewage loan includes a principal discount of $ 1.2 million, which means that this loan does not have to be repaid.
• South Point receives $ 1.2 million to replace water pipes in the Solida Road area from rail tracks to village offices, Ninth Street from Solida Road to Park Avenue and Park Avenue from Ninth Street to Seventh Street.
• Pomeroy receives $ 919,781 to replace water meters, lead service lines, pneumatic tanks and repair and repaint the water tower. The drinking water loan includes a principal discount of $ 504,175, which means that this amount does not have to be repaid.
• Perry County is receiving $ 567,896 to build 30,200 linear feet of four new water pipes, five standpipes and valves to isolate these pipes.
• Caldwell is receiving $ 474,387 for the planning and engineering design of a project to install new sanitary and storm sewers, which will reduce wet weather flows into the system.
• Bowerston receives $ 405,500 for the planning and engineering design of a collection system upgrade project, including improvements to the wastewater treatment plant.
• Muskingum Watershed Conservation District receives two loans of $ 50,000 to purchase backup generators for Tappan Lake Marina and Tappan Lake East Campground. Both of these loans are 100 percent principal off, meaning that the amount does not have to be repaid.
Established in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund (WPCLF) helps communities improve their wastewater treatment systems. The Water Supply Revolving Loan Account (WSRLA), launched in 1998, provides loans for the improvement of community drinking water systems and public non-profit and non-community water supply systems. Both programs offer loans at below market interest rates, which can save communities a substantial amount of money compared to a market rate loan.
Ohio EPA State Revolving Fund (SRF) loans are provided to communities to build and upgrade sanitation and drinking water infrastructure, upgrade domestic wastewater treatment systems, better manage stormwater , address combined sewer overflows and implement other water quality projects. Financial assistance helps support planning, design and construction activities and improves the technical, managerial and financial capacity of these systems. WPCLF loans help restore and protect Ohio’s highest quality water bodies through the fund’s Water Resources Restoration Sponsorship Program.
Ohio’s SRF loan programs are partially funded by annual federal funding grants and have grown significantly over time due to the revolving nature of the loan issuance and repayments in the fund. SRF programs are administered by the Environmental and Financial Aid Division of the Ohio EPA, with assistance from the Ohio Water Development Authority. The Ohio EPA is responsible for program development and implementation, coordination of individual projects, environmental and technical reviews / approvals of projects seeking funding. The Ohio Water Development Authority provides financial management for SRF funds.